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There are few names in South African Hockey as unanimously respected as the name of Connie Oh Fond. The marks of her presence will be a consistent reminder for all in SA hockey and in particular the Eastern Province Hockey community.

Aunty Connie as she was fondly and affectionately known was the founding member of one of the oldest women’s hockey club in South Africa. A few years ago St Peters Hockey Club celebrated her 70th Anniversary!

Aunty Connie’s hockey involvement started as a player and progressed to include various official positions ranging from EP team manageress, official senior delegate to SAWHB meetings and EPWHU President, a role she fulfilled for nearly 30 years. She also served as President of the SA Women's hockey board for a short period.

Nelson Mandela said that “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.” There was no finer credit to this quote than Aunty Connie who was an inspiration to EP and SA hockey during the struggle years!

She was the worst critic and the most ardent supporter of hockey and all those involved with the code at provincial as well as SA level in her pursuance for the best - whether player, administrator or supporter of the code.

Wendell Domingo, member of the SA Hockey Executive committee

“You have heard that Aunty Connie had a strong character and had a low tolerance for the wrongs in life and more especially hockey. She was a no-nonsense woman and would fight for what she believed was right and at times using a few superlatives. Her hearty laugh will echo and be remembered at the hockey field for many years to come. Our prayers and sincere condolences are conveyed to the family and the St Peters Club. May her contribution not be in vain and may her dearly departed soul Rest in Peace.”

On behalf of SA Hockey we would like to say thank you for the service to our sport Aunty Connie, may you rest in peace. Your work here is done, your legacy will continue!

  • Ticket ballot launched after unprecedented demand for showpiece event
  • Follows hugely successful ‘Hockey Family’ ticket window in April
  • Hockey Revolution reflected in record breaking ticket sales

London, England: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) and partner England Hockey launched a Public Ticket Ballot on Saturday 19 August for the Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018 following unprecedented demand for the sport’s showpiece event.

By pre-registering via fih.ch/tickets, fans will be the first to receive the link to the official Ballot website on 19 August, while those who don’t will be able to enter the Ballot directly on the website from this date onwards.

Fans will be able to apply for tickets for as many matches as they want* for the event taking place in London’s Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park between 21 July and 5 August 2018. Successful applicants will be selected at random with payment only being taken if ticket requests are successful after the Public Ballot closes on 6 September. Following the Public Ballot, general public sale is expected to begin later in 2017.

The launch of the Ballot follows a hugely successful ‘Hockey Family Priority Window’ which gave members of hockey clubs affiliated with England Hockey and previous international match purchasers the first opportunity to secure a limited amount of tickets.

This exclusive window saw a record breaking 10,000 tickets sold within the first hour of going on sale. The Public Ballot will give thousands more sports fans the opportunity to see fast-paced, action packed, world-class hockey live in London.

Demand for the Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018 certainly indicates the sport is on the rise. Following the success of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where over nine million viewers in Great Britain alone tuned in to watch the women’s gold medal match, plus the launch of the Hockey Pro League due to begin in 2019, interest in the sport is at an all-time high.

This is further reflected by the commitment made by the event’s host broadcaster, BT Sport. After televising the sport in 4K Ultra-High Definition for the first time at the 2016 Hockey Champions Trophies in London, BT Sport will continue to innovate in its coverage of the game, particularly for the World Cup, as they bid to bring fans much closer to the action.

Speaking about ticketing, FIH CEO Jason McCracken said: “This is the first opportunity for the general public to purchase their tickets to one of the biggest events in sport. Demand has been incredible thanks to outstanding development and promotional work being undertaken by our hosts England Hockey, the success of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and excitement building ahead of the Hockey Pro League which begins in 2019.”

He continued: “This exceptional demand is certainly an indication that our 10-year Hockey Revolution strategy is delivering results. Creating big, bold, packed and loud events, showcasing world-class hockey at its best, is key to achieving our aim of making hockey a global game that inspires the next generation. As a result we will be working hard to make sure this is an unforgettable event for those both in London and watching around the world.”

News about this event is regularly updated on the official Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018 website worldcup2018.hockey/women whilst other updates are regularly posted via FIH TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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at UKZN Westville

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